Wednesday, March 03, 2010

My Mother’s Child Blog Tour with Dwan Abrams

Dwan Abrams is a full-time novelist, freelance editor, and publisher. She’s the best-selling author of My Mother’s Child (the sequel to Divorcing the Devil), Married Strangers, Divorcing the Devil, Only True Love Waits, and The Scream Within. She’s the founder, publisher, and editorial director of Nevaeh Publishing, LLC a small press independent publishing house. She’s currently signed to Urban Christian, an imprint of Urban Books/Kensington. Her sixth novel, the second book in the Married Series, is set to hit national bookshelves in 2011.

Dwan, tell us about My Mother’s Child.

Lyric Stokes lives, by most standards, a charmed life. Married to Michael Stokes, a prominent heart surgeon, she has financial security and lives in the lap of luxury. All is not perfect, though. Lyric feels inadequate because she gave birth to a daughter, rather than the son that her husband so desperately wanted.

After an unexpected turn of events, Lyric discovers that she’s pregnant again, but now she has to decide whether she even wants to keep the child she has longed for. She seeks solace in her church, where her daughter also feels at home; but they can’t get Michael to join them. Disagreeing with organized religion, he has put his job before all else, including God. The distance between the couple grows further every day.

Nigel Fredericks has a history of stalking women. He’s been accused, but never convicted. Now he’s set his sights on Lyric. She’s at a low point in her life, and Nigel knows just how to take advantage of that vulnerability. Lyric’s life is turned upside down; Nigel is like a cancer eating away at her mental stability, her marriage, and ultimately, her life. Will Michael reevaluate his priorities and his faith in time to save his family?

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

Coming up with ideas was pretty easy, especially since I was already acquainted with Nigel from his debut in Divorcing the Devil. In Divorcing the Devil, Nigel was a stalker.

Who are your main character(s)?

The main characters in My Mother’s Child are Lyric Stokes, her husband, Michael, and of course, Nigel Fredericks.

Did you have a favorite character(s)? Who and why?

My favorite character in My Mother’s Child was Lyric’s dad, Henry Alexander. I liked Henry because although he had made grave mistakes in the past, he redeemed himself. His love for his daughter was evident.

Did you have to do quite a bit of research for this novel?

Yes, I did. I had to consult with a doctor to give the medical scenarios in My Mother’s Child validity.

What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading My Mother’s Child?

There’s a rare medical occurrence that many people aren’t aware of, but many people are being negatively impacted by it. I wanted to put a spotlight on that condition so that people would be more aware. I especially wanted women to be more conscientious of their choices, because their actions have consequences.

Okay, a not-so-fun question. How important are reviews to you as a writer?

Reviews are subjective. For every reader that loves a book, there’s someone out there who hates it. The reasons for bad reviews are countless. Some bad reviews are warranted, like if a book is poorly written or edited. However, I don’t think a bad review should be posted if the reader hasn’t read the book. Some people post bad reviews because they don’t like the writer or they’re having a bad day or they never received their book. That’s unfair to the author.

As a writer, I use constructive criticism to help me grow and hone the craft. I try not to make the same mistakes over and over again. I read reviews to help me get a general feel of what people think about my book. Whether I agree or disagree, I try to weed out something helpful so that I make my next book that much better.

Regardless, authors need to develop thick skin. We can’t afford to get caught up in all the accolades we receive for that great book we penned, because as soon as we encounter someone who didn’t love it, we’ll be all messed up.

Listen to an excerpt from My Mother’s Child

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Ty said...

Thank you for hosting Dwan on the "My Mother's Child" Blog Tour.

brett said...

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